Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre

Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
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9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Monday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Tuesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Wednesday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Thursday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Friday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Saturday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
Sunday
9:00 AM - 5:00 PM
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Multimedia exhibitions on the island's history, from the American Indian inhabitants to British colonialism to today.
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  • Amanda W
    1,136 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Very good
    Lovely views over English Harbour. Gardens and the remains of a fort. Inside a short film called “Reflections of the Sun” about the development of the island: the first Amerindian settlers through to the European agricultural settlements, the island's role as a British military base and the campaign for independence. Around the room were models including ones of the “heroes” and a sugar factory. In the lobby was a huge shell collection.
    Visited March 2023
    Written July 25, 2023
  • TravelingSoccerLoon
    Saint Paul, Minnesota5,377 contributions
    4.0 of 5 bubbles
    Great Views from Dow's Hill
    The Dow Interpretive Center is included when you purchase the US$15 admission to Nelson's Dockyard. It is a 10 min drive from the Dockyard. It offers a 20 min multimedia show that tells the history of Antigua from native inhabitants, colonization, slavery, independence and modern Antigua. It felt more geared for grade school children, but it was interesting enough. Shows every half hour. It closes at 5pm but the last showing is at 430pm. The best part of the visit is the views from Dow's Hill which offers a commanding view of English Harbour and the southern coastline of the island. This is where the British built fortifications and where senior officers were housed and where the governor of the Leeward islands resided. All of that was destroyed in an earthquake in 1834 and never rebuilt but the views remain. However, I would say that the views from Shirley Heights which are not as distant are the best.
    Visited January 2023
    Traveled as a couple
    Written September 24, 2023
  • lithlith
    888 contributions
    5.0 of 5 bubbles
    Dow's Hill Interpretation Centre
    We stopped here as part of our cruise ship excursion. There are great view points for photos here. There was also a film presentation that we watched about the history of Antigua that was very informative. There was a giftshop and bathrooms here.
    Visited January 2024
    Traveled as a couple
    Written January 13, 2024
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Amanda W
Oxford, England1,136 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2023
Lovely views over English Harbour. Gardens and the remains of a fort. Inside a short film called “Reflections of the Sun” about the development of the island: the first Amerindian settlers through to the European agricultural settlements, the island's role as a British military base and the campaign for independence. Around the room were models including ones of the “heroes” and a sugar factory. In the lobby was a huge shell collection.
Written July 25, 2023
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clarkwhite
Ipswich, UK78 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020 • Couples
I was sceptical as I walked in here, tourist attractions not being my thing. However I was completely won over. There was a 15min video presentation about the islands history which was part dated and part informative. Then one of the staff, Kevin, took us on a brief tour of the site and the view below of Nelson’s Dockyard, English harbour and neighbouring islands.
He was very knowledgeable and friendly and we both really liked him.
Well worth visiting as you go up to Shirley heights
Written March 19, 2020
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top-trippers
Bolton, UK621 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We made an unexpected stop here. As well as the stunning views over English Harbour, we were treated to a cute and informative 15-minute film which gives an overview of the history, culture and heritage of Antigua and Barbuda. A surprise bonus on our tour. Its included in the Shirley Heights and Nelson's Dockyard ticket price, so why wouldn’t you?
Written January 14, 2020
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lithlith
Michigan888 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Jan 2024 • Couples
We stopped here as part of our cruise ship excursion. There are great view points for photos here. There was also a film presentation that we watched about the history of Antigua that was very informative. There was a giftshop and bathrooms here.
Written January 13, 2024
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jaybeeFL
Palm Harbor, FL3,351 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2022
The Interpretation Center runs a short 12-15 minute video presenting the history of the island and its inhabitants over the centuries. Very well done--informative, educational and well worth the time.
Views of the surrounding area from atop the Dow's Hill are excellent and present good photo ops.
Written November 21, 2022
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Papaleadfoot
Cave Creek, AZ356 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2020
Commanding view from the site. Multimedia exhibition gives show of timeline of the island. The ruins there was originally constructed as a fort.
Written April 11, 2020
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Mrsheathershaw
Bath, UK395 contributions
5.0 of 5 bubbles
Nov 2019
We were very surprised by how well done the audio visual presentation was and really learnt a lot about Antigua.
Written November 29, 2019
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James S
Sparks, NV119 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Mar 2018 • Couples
As part of our island tour we had a quick stop here for pictures and to enjoy the view of Nelsons dock yard.There are bathrooms and a short video about the history of the island. The building and facilities are worn and dated but you expect that on these islands.The road up to the view point wasn't to bad compared to other roads on the island. Definitely is worth the drive for the view.
Written April 16, 2018
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The Travelling Piggy
London, UK6,250 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jun 2015 • Couples
The national park ticket allows you to go to the interpretation centre the block house, Nelson's Dockyard and Shirley heights for about £10 per person. The presentation was informative done in quite a child like way, so good for kids too. The views from outside are great.
Written June 5, 2015
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FamilySwiss
Northampton35 contributions
4.0 of 5 bubbles
Jul 2013 • Family
Educational and worthwhile audio visual show. Only basic,...but worth a few minutes of your time....and cost are included with Nelsons Dockyard tickets. (1hour max)

Afterwards, take a walk to the back see the fort ruins, extensive views to Mamora bay ..and grab some photo's of the scenery.

Typically combine this with Nelsons Dockyard and Shirley Heights (daytime!). Your Taxi driver will normally wait.
Written December 18, 2013
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